Norm Miller MPP Parry Sound - Muskoka

Ontario Supporting Local Events in Parry Sound-Muskoka

May 24th, 2019

Celebrate Ontario and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Create Jobs and Support Local Tourism

 

BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO: Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, announced that the Ontario government will be investing more than $130,000 in six festivals and events in the riding.

 

Celebrate Ontario supports local festivals and events of all sizes, helping them to reach new audiences, improve the programs for visitors, benefit local economies, and create new jobs. Every dollar invested through Celebrate Ontario results in almost $21 of visitor spending.

 

“By investing in festivals and events, our government is tapping into the economic potential of the tourism industry,” said Minister Tibollo.“As we develop Ontario’s new tourism strategy, we will continue to invest in programs like Celebrate Ontario that help to maximize the growth and competitiveness of the great festivals and events that take place throughout the province.”

 

In Parry Sound-Muskoka, Celebrate Ontario will support five festivals.

 

Chautauqua Village Arts and Festivals
Muskoka Chautauqua
Bracebridge, Multiple Events
$28,871

 

Funkfest
Sawdust City Brewing Company
Gravenhurst, June 29, 2019
$6,519

 

Huntsville Festival of the Arts 2019/20
Huntsville Festival of the Arts
Huntsville, Multiple Events
$73,924

 

Muskoka Maple Festival
Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce
Huntsville, April 25, 2020
$1,700

 

Flavour of Ontario
Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerice
Huntsville
$3,930

 

Additionally, through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), the province is supporting the Wasauksing First Nation with $20,000 to develop, promote and present the 2019 Potawatomi Gathering.

 

This year, to help reduce red tape and the administrative burden for organizers, Ontario has streamlined the application process to make it easier to apply for funding.

 

“Our government recognizes the important contributions that festivals and events make to the communities of Parry Sound-Muskoka” said MPP Miller. “I am pleased that we are supporting these festivals as they continue to draw visitors from across the province and provide a positive economic impact on our communities.”